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    March 28, 2008  
 
 

ANTITRUST CONFERENCE REPORT


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We didn't realize that antitrust law was still being practiced in the United States, but apparently so—the JW Marriott was bursting with Sherman Act experts when we popped in on yesterday's closing session of the ABA's Antitrust Law Spring Meeting.

 
 

Jones Day's Peggy Ward, Assistant to the Chair of the ABA's antitrust section, and Christine Wilson, Chief of Staff to FTC Chair Tim Muris before the two of them decamped to O'Melveny. Peggy told us some of the best soirees at the three-day affair had been hosted by economic consulting firms like CRA. "Economists throw a better party than lawyers," she said, slightly baffled.

 
 

Hundreds packed a ballroom for the "hot topics" presentation by Wayne State Professor Stephen Calkins (third from left). We're told it's one of the conference's biggest draws, and when he managed to work in a slide of Bo Derek during his talk, we understood why. Joining him on stage: Robert Buntzel (Bartko Zankel); Roxann Henry (Howrey); John Pheasant (Hogan & Hartson); Bill Kolasky (WilmerHale); and Michael Egge (Latham).


DUANE MORRIS UNPACKS

After 10 years at 17th & K, Duane Morris filled its moving van and headed out for 505 9th Street (just around the corner from the Spy Museum). The new office opened in January, but the fresh smell of new carpeting still was hanging in the air when we peeked on Wednesday's party celebrating the move.

 

 

We caught our friend Doug Woloshin, DC Managing Partner, enjoying the string quartet with DC Chair Sheila Slocum Hollis and firm Chair John Soroko, in from Philly. Duane Morris has opened 20 new offices in the last decade, so this is old hat to them. They use similar design elements in each one—blonde wood and folk art—to provide a sense of place for visiting attorneys and clients.  

 

 

Skyscraping real estate partner John Barron poses with his own personal chorus line. Actually, though several people informed us that Sejal Shah (center) is a fancy dancer, she and mates Lee Lontz and Jennifer Cook stand out more for their work in Duane Morris's energy group. John just helped a community of mobile home owners on the Florida beachfront auction their property, nabbing seven-figure payouts for their trailers.

 

 

And look who we spotted in the corner:  DLA Piper Managing Partner Ann Ford, who practiced with Doug years ago at Fisher Wayland. The two can't seem to stay apart—her firm now occupies the floors beneath Duane Morris. But in the old friend department, Manatt's Barrie Vanbrackle has one-up on Doug: She was there when Ann gave birth to her first child at Georgetown Hospital.   

 
 
 
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